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good morning. river wild. the massive flooding in north dakota reaches a critical point as a city fights to stay above water. we're live from the flood zone with the latest. trial mystery. the case against casey anthony comes to a suden and surprising stop. with just days to go before closing arguments, why did the judge abruptly postpone saturday's proceedings? is that a shark? the incredible home video of a surfer's encounter with a shark. just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. today sunday, june 26, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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good sunday morning, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. i'm one of those people who do not like to go too far out into the ocean, i'm afraid of sharks. people laugh at me. laugh at me. maybe i don't need to be laughed at any more. >> it looks like the shark is the one running for its life. it is probably yelling to the other sharks, humans! >> i will tell you, if that was me, that would be the last time i would be in the water. >> certainly end my surfing career. >> the career, how deep into the career are you? >> no, not very far. but we'll get that surfer's story later on. we'll talk about the latest in the casey anthony murder trial. very, very surprising day yesterday. a move by the judge that has everyone asking, what is going on. >> for unknown reasons the judge
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ended saturday's session. we know the prosecution and defense were fighting over testimony from a surprise witness, but is that what led to the delay? we'll find out more about that. plus, a high profile murder case that we were covering. the appeal that amanda knox is undergoing in mittally. the american convicted of killing her roommate. tomorrow we'll hear from a man who was also found guilty in part of the crime. he is expected to take the stand. will he say knox had nothing to do with the murder? i will spit this out. we'll have the latest from italy. >> we have a whole hour, we'll get the story. this is the high school tradition, voting someone to something. it may be a thing of the past because what used to be fun in yearbooks may not be any longer. a third of those most likely to succeed are calling it a curse.
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do they do more harm than good. i will not ask you right now, i want to know if you remember if you were superlative in a category? >> do you remember your school's? >> abbie miller. >> so clearly this is not an issue. >> i was not voted most successful. we want to begin with the record flooding in north dakota this morning with the city of minot facing what could be a catastrophe. officials are fighting to hold back the souris river. janel klein is there with the very latest. good morning. >> good morning, lester. 5,000 homes here are under water. some up to their rooftops. the souris river still has not crested leaving people in minot to battle for what is left of their city. the souris river still at levels
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not seen since the 1980s. all eyes remain fixed on the broadway bridge. the last main artery linking the two sides of the city. if it goes under, minot cut in half. even though the river's crest was lower than expected, the city remains on edge. >> next several days will be critical and be at the highest level of risk and what is most important for everyone is to remain vigilant. >> across town national guard bull dozers ripped down another bridge. this one in danger of being swept away by the rushing water. it swamped 4,000 homes and businesses so far and boats are the only way in to most neighborhoods. dean anderson's job is to rescue those still trapped in their homes, but like so many helping here, his own house is under water. >> our first call happened to be in the neighborhood where i live and i did have the opportunity to see my home and that was good to see it. and i'm not alone. there's several thousand other
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homeowners that are dealing with the same thing that i'm dealing with. >> reporter: even the head of the local red cross is homeless. with a quarter of the town forced to evacuate. >> when i looked at my house, it was about nine feet under water. so, it's right to the top. >> reporter: volunteers from as far away from california are scrambling to set up shelters for 12,000 people. it could be weeks before it's safe for them to go back and almost none have flood insurance to help them rebuild. >> they are referring to it as a 500-year event. something absolutely off the charts. something that you would never plan for. >> well, river water has not only swamped homes and businesses, it has also contaminated city water. so, as people fight back water, lester, they now have none safe to drink. >> janel klein for us, thank you. while the fight against the flooding continues in north dakota, down south huge wildfires rage across the region. they come as another heat wave
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rips across the country. janice huff has more. >> good morning to you, lester. high fire danger, high heat and low humidity and lots of wind continues across most of the southwest and the four corners area. you're looking at the fire danger there and still have red flag warnings in effect and those big fires in arizona, the wallow, north of santa fe and the richardson fire are all still active and structures are at risk. unfortunately, this time of year the heat is always going to be an issue. above 100 degrees from albuquerque, lubbock, back to phoenix. the high heat and low humidity means high fire danger will continue there and no rain in sight there. their summer monsoon season doesn't get kicked in until july. it will take time before any appreciationable rain comes to that region. in nevada the death toll is now six between amtrak train and tractor trailer. this morning, we're learning new details about the crash and a
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possible cause. here's nbc's miguel almagier. >> reporter: the search for bodies was under way on saturday. the hull of the train so badly damaged, investigators could not quickly confirm the number of dead. the chaos and confusion of friday's crash was captured by cell phone. survivors scrambled to safety. >> i heard a big bump and a big large scrape and i said, it hit something. >> reporter: a tractor trailer slammed into the number four passenger car as it barrelled through the nevada desert. 218 people were aboard. the collision followed by an explosion and sheer panic. >> all across like i was in the pit. >> reporter: it was en route from chicago to emorivillemoriv california when it was struck outside of lovelock, nevada.
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passengers spilled into the desert. it took paramedics almost 20 minutes to reach the rural area. >> just doesn't feel like it's really real. watching flaming train burn. >> reporter: with those critically injured airlifted to local hospitals, nearly 100 would be treated for injuries. back at the crash site, investigators focused not only on the train, but the tractor trailer driver. the highway patrol said railway warning and lights were working correctly. as investigators also look for bodies, they also search for answers. although the full ntsb investigation will take months, they hope to learn more about the tractor trailer's driver's health. we turn now to politics and more on new york's decision to legalize same-sex marriage. a major victory for the gay rights movement and one that could play a role in next year's presidential election.
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david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." good morning. >> good morning, lester. >> this bill passed in new york with some republicans citing in favor of it. the president's position on gay marriages evolving, how much of an issue will this become in the election city? >> republicans will talk about it and you're seeing that discussion take place and i think it will certainly in early states like iowa. the issue on the republican side and broader debate is whether states like new york and the others who have passed same-sex marriage laws should have the right to do that or whether there will be a move for a constitutional amendment that would disallow states to take that individual choice and try to have a national law that would prohibit them from doing that by changing the constitution. we're a long way away from that both politically and practically, but i think that's where the debate will turn and more pressure on the president to see those views to continue to evolve and take a stand.
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>> want to get your thoughts on the early read that we're getting from the first iowa poll finding in the republican field mitt romney is in the lead with 23%. but statistically michele bachmann is right there with him at 22%. what does that say as to her viability and what does it say for the other candidates who have already been in this race and been in iowa and are far down that list? >> good news for michele bachmann who is a social conservative candidate, born in iowa, announcing her candidacy in iowa tomorrow. shhas some traction there and really going to reach out to evangelical christians in the state, which are the majority of caucus goers. she's well positioned. bad news for someone not on that list, former governor tim paw le lenty. he has to get traction in iowa. if he wants to be a top tier candidate, iowa has to be strong for him. michele bachmann trying to up end him. >> a lot of republicans wishing chris christie was on that list of contenders for 2012. he keeps saying, no.
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i know you're speaking to him. you had a conversation with him yesterday. let me play a little bit of that and then i want to follow up. >> are you too abrasive? too stubborn? too tough when it comes to people questioning you? >> i'm huggable and lovable, david. i'm not abrasive at all. you know what people are tired of in politics? they're tired of blow dried, tested answers that are given by political consultants to politicians and everybody sounds the same. everybody sounds the same. i don't sound the same. you know why? because i say what i believe from my heart. if some people are offended by that, i'm sorry. >> i don't know if huggable and lovable is a campaign slogan, but did you get any sense he's leaving the door open for a run in 2012? sn sn . >> no, i don't think in 2012. leaving himself in a position to be influential in 2012 and
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beyond that. here's what's interesting, lester, whether he is going to endorse in this cycle. what he talked bout in that clip and we talk about it in the interview, the issue of authenticity is the most important part of any campaign against president obama. who he sees in that field, who is the most authentic candidate may ultimately get his endorsement. that is the calling card of how he operates as governor. a lot of people don't like it. his approval numbers are down, but a lot of people do like it and led to significant gains for him in the state as he concluded this past week. >> we look forward to hearing more from him later on "meet the press." thomas roberts is over at the news desk with more of today's top headlines. >> good morning, everybody. we begin in colorado where the fbi is trying to figure out who put two explosive devices inside a denver mall. they were found inside a borders
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book store. authorities safely detonated the devices and no one was injured. a star indiana high school player is in critical condition this morning after
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and good sunday morning. i'm news 4 meteorologist cluck pwefplt upper 60s to near 70 degrees. 71 downtown. 64 manassas. 70 annapolis. mostly clear sky out there for now. a few clouds this afternoon. not quite so many as yesterday. highs this afternoon into the mid-80s. back up closer to 90 degrees tomorrow with a little bit more humidity. a chance of thunderstorms monday afternoon and especially tuesday. have a good day. now, here's lester. >> janice, thanks. up next on "today." defending amanda knox. a man also convicted in the murder may say that she's innocent, right after this. your favorites, in pieces.
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tomorrow may be the most explosive day yet for amanda knox to overturn her murder conviction. she insists she did not kill her british roommate and another man found guilty is about to testify. >> reporter: fighting to prove her innocence. amanda knox faces her most important day tomorrow. her freedom now hangs on the words of rudy gladay who is already serving a 16-year sentence for the same murder. for the first time on monday he will be asked to answer questions during her appeal hearing. amanda was convicted of the murder of meredith kircher at
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their student house. but now forensic evidence is set to show that amanda's dna was not on the murder weapon, conerary to the allegations made during the original trial. and a series of witnesses have given evidence suggesting she could not be responsible. including crucially a child murderer, mario who says that he knows that amanda nor her ex-boyfriend could have carried out the killing. he says while in prison rudy told him that an unidentified friend was responsible. the question now, will he confirm that story? but he may choose not to testify at all tomorrow. her family in court throughout insisting their daughter should not have been jailed. >> finally people are starting to see the truth of the matter and they're actually going out there trying to help her. >> reporter: during her appeal, amanda has been looking relaxed,
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yet exhausted by the strain of facing 26 years in prison. but tomorrow she may take another step towards freedom or face a new setback as the court prepares to hear from a vital witness in her case. for "today." >> will the testimony of a convicted killer help or hurt knox's chances for freedom? paul cowan is a criminal defense attorney. thank you for being with us. this is a pretty big deal for amanda's team. here's the guy who said, amanda and her boyfriend did it. now, he's being called back to court. if you're amanda's attorney how do you get rudy to turn around his testimony from earlier and say amanda wasn't involved and is that even a possibility? >> this is a big, big moment in the trial because remember only one person has admitted to having been involved in this killing and it is this guy who originally got a 30-year sentence and then they reduced it to 16 years in italy in some bizarre procedure because he
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went for a fast track trial. so, all of a sudden, he goes from 30 years to 16 years under some odd italian procedure. this is a moment for the amanda knox team, if he admits amanda was not involved, slam dunk. case over. but i don't think that is going to happen. >> he is not obligated to testify. some weird italian law. is it kind of like pleading the fifth here in this country? >> it's very, very similar. a lot of aspects of italian law arise out of american constitutional law when after world war ii they changed their system. you can remain silent. you don't have to testify in italy. he was angry at the prosecutor and refused to testify. i am wondering what will happen on monday when he is called again. his lawyer said he's willing to testify, he is going to testify and the question is, will he tell the whole story or is he going to say in the middle of
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his testimony, i'm leaving. >> here's the other part of the story because he was convicted and was in jail, a few of his cell mates from prison have now come forward and testified that he told them amanda and her boyfriend were not involved. does this now become a case of he said/he said? >> it does. last week five witnesses were produced from the jail and all five said they had conversations with guede in prison and in those conversations he said amanda knox was not involved in the homicide at all. now, a lot of the testimony was shaky. one came from the 2-year-old boy and other had lengthy records and trying to trade for lighter sentences. who knows how that will play out. the one thing that you have to remember is guede always said he was in the bathroom when the murder took place, he didn't actually see who committed the murder. that was his originally story. >> we'll have to wait and see next week. >> we'll have to wait and see next week. paul callan, thank you so much. promise flights s
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8:26 is your time, 73 degrees. a beautiful look at the white house on this sunday morning. good morning to you. sit sunday, june 26th, 2011. i'm eun yang. in the news today, family and friends are preparing to pay their final respects to a local team who died whale taking a sailing class. olivia was sailing thursday when she apparently became trapped underneath the sail boat. it appears she became tangled in ropes for several minutes. her viewing will be lasting tributes funeral home 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. funeral will be tuesday at 10:30.
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a bay you're community church. police and the coast guard are searching for a missing teenager in virginia. the 14-year-old was last seen falling from a sand bar into the a rap handic river near suggett point saturday outside warsaw in richmond county. he is part of a boy scout troop spending the weekend on the river. if you have any conversation you are asked to contact police or the coast guard. 12 people are behind bars after a d.c. voting rights rally this weekend. protesters gathered outside the white house at lafayette park. protesters called on congress to limit its reigns on d.c. government. some even pushed d.c. to become its own state. city leaders say they need president obama's help on this issue. >> you know, this is a city that gave 93% of its vote to the president. so we want the president to stand up and do more. >> the president and the
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tomorrow, plenty of sunshine to get things started. showers a little bit more likely tomorrow afternoon and especially on tuesday. eun, back to you. >> we're back on this sunday morning, june 26, 2011. literally a picture perfect summer day here in new york. our crowd is enjoying every single minute of it. we thank them for being here right on cue. outside on the plaza, i'm jenna wolfe alongside lester holt. we're still talking about the casey antahony murder trial. an up and down daily roller coaster. >> yesterday the drama was when the judge called a halt to proceedings and said there was an issue, none of us know what it is. it opened up, however, a lot of speculation. could there be a plea deal.
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>> for example, in and out from the air conditioned back outside does that give you a cold? >> i think when it's humid outside and you go -- >> kind of a rhetorical question, but i like that. >> i thought you cared. >> how about jumping in a pool, does that substitute a shower? interesting questions i know you're dying to know answers to. summer myths that everyone is curious about. the school year has ended pretty much every place right now and we're going back to high school and recalling the days of a class poll most likely to succeed, most popular, class clown. >> why would you throw that one out there, not coincidental at all. they may be flattering at the time or little embarrassing. as it turns out these yearbookng
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and good sunday morning. i'm news 4 meteorologist chuck bell. sunshine getting through a partly sunny sky. temperatures on their way to upper 60s, low 70s right now. going to be a beautiful outside to get out and enjoy the sunshine. temperatures climbing into the mid-80s by midafternoon. high temperature around 86 degrees under a mix of some clouds and sunshine. we should stay rain free today. a little chance for showers coming back tomorrow afternoon. best chance of and the 8-year-old twins. happy birthday. lester, back to you.
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>> thanks, janice. now to the case against casey anthony. saturday's court session came to a sudden and pretty surprising end. the jury was never seated for the day's session and for reasons that remain a mystery, the judge put an abrupt stop to the proceedings. now, everyone, of course, wants to know why. nbc's kerry sanders reports. >> reporter: before the jury even entered the courtroom saturday -- >> he doesn't even know if this is new or not. >> reporter: defense attorney jose baez. >> just been handed slides. >> reporter: and prosecutor jeff ashton were at it, again. sparring over an expert witness' expected testimony. >> i'm afraid, once again, we're in the position of experts having supplemented their opinions without notice to the state. >> reporter: accused murderer casey anthony stared emotionalless as the prosecutor ranted, again, the defense broke florida's court rules trying to bring in surprise testimony at the last minute. then without explanation the
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judge adjourned what was to be five hours of testimony. a mysterious end to the day that won't be explained until at least monday. this after a week that had enough jawdropping twist. >> my granddaughter has been taken. >> reporter: almost four weeks ago casey's mother, cindy, testified for the state and was overcome with emotion as she listened with the jury to her 911 call. that her daughter's car had the stench of death. appearing to support the state's claim that caylee's lifeless body had been stowed in the trunk for several days before being dumped in the woods. but this week, both cindy and casey's brother, lee, delivered powerful testimony that appeared to contradict that claim with pictures of caylee opening the door to the backyard all alone and then photos of her in the swimming pool. cindy anthony now seeming to support what the judge calls the defense theory of an accidental drowning. >> do you know what that
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photograph is of, mrs. anthony? >> yes. >> would you like to take a break? do you need a break? >> no, i'm okay. >> reporter: for 28 days now casey anthony at times in tears when the jury is in the room. facing a death penalty if convicted of murder. kerry sanders, nbc news, orlando. >> what kind of legal issue could lead to the surprising stop of the trial? beth car karas is a former prosecutor. welcome back. >> good morning. >> this is a judge that has shown great sensitivity to the fact that he had a jury suquestered for a long time and wanted to keep things moving. how big a deal is this that he called things off for the day? >> a big deal because he didn't seem to be upset at all with the delay and he really does want this case to go to the jury a week from today. he hopes they are deliberating.
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what the issue is, we do not know. "in session" learned yesterday afternoon that it is not what we all have been speculating. it's not a potential plea deal. it does not have anything to do with possible records of roy kronk and other issues that we all were speculating about. what could cause a shutdown of the proceedings and a sealed transcript of what the attorneys talked to the judge about in chambers. it's all a secret and i don't know we'll find out tomorrow. >> is there anything that could suggest any grounds for a mistrial that you noticed? ? . >> the information that i have is it is not the fault of either side and the judge is not upset. it is a mystery and ware assuming the attorneys are not telling us the truth. >> we saw that altercation. not the altercation but the verbal argument over the witnesses and the defense being forthcoming with what their witnesses are going to testify to. this has been an ongoing theme.
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aside from the legal issue that stopped the trial for now, are there going to be sanctions handed out before this is over against one or both of the attorneys? >> because this is ongoing, it's possible. but the judge will deal with that at the end of the trial. one of the sanctions is excluding a witness' testimony and that's the ultimate sanction, which could create an issue on appeal and the judge is concerned about that because it's a capital case. it's unclear. we'll know if he excludes a witness, otherwise, we'll have to wait until the end of the trial. but i think there's a good chance. >> if you're a lawyer, do you worry what the mesage to the jury is when they're told, ready, ready, no, don't come in, you're off for the day. do their minds start working in overtime and how does that work for either side? >> sure, they start to wonder but the judge does instruct them, these things happen, it's no one's fault. you shouldn't hold it against one side or the other. your role is critical and we simply need to stop and i'm sorry about that.
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that? >> that is false. the only thing that will give you a cold is germs, not air conditioning. if you get sniffles, it's likely to be allergies, instead. because this time of year the humidity, the heat, pollen is just rampant. >> what can you do about that? is there anything simple? >> you can take antihistamines and stay indoors this time of year and also in your home, try changing your ac filter monthly so you can keep the allergens out of your house and invest in a hepa air filter. >> okay, great. the next one. people that want to save money on soap by going in the swimming pool and assuming they have showered. explain that to me. is that myth or not so much? >> that is a myth. you will not get clean by going into a swimming pool. you have sunscreen on, sweat, beauty products and that's all getting into the water and it actually makes the chlorine less efebiv effective. public pools have bacteria.
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you can get ear infections, rashes. my advice, take a shower with soap after you go in the pool. >> that will get them all off, right? i don't want any of those any more. up next, now, this is an interesting one. you're at the beach, you're hanging out at the water and you watch an episode of "friends" and you know what chandler did to get that sting away. let's look at what some people think is the best remedy for a jelly fish sting. >> i would have to pee on it. >> put sand on it maybe. i really don't know. >> i would think you would have to go home and take a shower. >> i heard you're supposed to have somebody pee on it, but i would rub it in the sand. >> she is like, i would rather deal with the pain than do that. is it a myth? >> it is a myth. it is convenient, but no evidence that it works.
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but there is evidence that vinegar works. so, when you get home, soak a paper towel in white vinegar, put it on the wound for about 30 minutes and it's thought to inactivate the stingers and ease the pain. take it off and then put some hydrocortisone cream on the area so that you relieve the itching. keep in mind, though, if you feel dizzy, nauseous or see a rash in the area where you got stung, this could mean you're having an allergic reaction. >> i wonder who is the first guy who thought about peeing on somebody's leg. real quick, wearing flip-flops in the summer. is it good or bad for your feet? >> you can develop heel pain, because flip-flops are flimsy. they don't have arch support or cushioning. you should wear a more supportive shoe like an ideal would be a wedge. that would ideally distribute
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the weight throughout your foot and give you more support, as well. excellent dr. carrie peterson. thank you for being with us. >> it was fun. now, here's lester. >> jenna, thanks. i will be avoiding jelly fish for the rest of my life. this morning on today's travel hitting the road for the fourth of july holiday weekend, whether you're going to the beach or looking for a new destination, we have some great patriotic destinations to consider. valerie is here to share her ideas. great to have you on. >> thank you, lester. >> we'll talk about a place close to new york city. somewhere i haven't been. westpoint, the military academy. what is there? >> it's 50 miles from new york city and it's fourth of july every day of the year and the hotel is located within the confines of the campus and it's the only hotel that is within a military installation, so, that's interesting in itself. the grounds are really beautiful. right onhe hudson river and they have trophy point, which is
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an area where you'll see the artillery canons from several different wars that we fought. and the national purple heart hall of fame, not hall of fame, hall of honor is right outside and off of the grounds. a lot of historic sights. >> we just saw the incredible views above the hudson river. next up, cape may, new jersey. along the famous jersey shore and this is supposed to be a very lovely town. >> very lovely and not the jersey shore that we see on tv. this is, it's one of the first beach front resorts there and it's right on the atlantic ocean and it has all the painted ladies, all those beautiful victorian homes. in congress hall is that lovely hotel we're seeing right there with that sprawling lawn that was actually william henry harrison had the summer white house there and now there is a beautiful fourth of july activities for kids and families. you can have hot dogs, hamburgers while your parents are having a lobster bake and
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filet and then fireworks shot off the barges by the atlantic ocean. really beautiful. >> next up, the black hills -- let's talk about gatlinburg, tennessee. smoky mountains. >> this is my favorite one. fourth of july parades all over the country, but this one steps off in gatlinburg. at midnight, people start to set up their chairs about 7:00 in the morning the day before. so, there's just a lot of fun floats and a tribute to our military and it's just great because of the timing of it. >> i like that idea. that's a great idea, especially on a hot summer day, an evening para parade. mt. rushmore is there. what else? >> for the past two years no fireworks because of wildfires but there is a fireworks one hour away and also a rodeo there and a parade and fireworks and then 20 minutes from mt. rushmore they're having a real blast. what that means is that crazy
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horse is now being carved into the mountains there and it's going to be the largest mountain carving and it's still in progress. so, they're going to blast at 11:00 a.m. >> they're timing the demolition blasting for july 4th. >> they do it many times a year, but this one, in particular, on fourth of july. >> finally, napa valley, california. obviously, great for wine tasting. what is the patriotic theme we should latch on? >> the train goes right through 25 miles of wine country and it is a vintage train. it has a lunch and dinner train. at the end of the day, they bring the train right up to the edge of the fireworks and you're able to sit in the domed cars and watch the fireworks. also, if you can't get a reservation because it is getting tight, there are other things going on like a county fair in napa valley, as well and red, white and bruised.
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>> great part of the country, thanks. valerie, thanks very much. nice to have you on. have h have a happy fourth. >> thank you. [ female announcer ] splenda® no calorie sweetener is sweet... and more. if you replace 3 tablespoons of sugar a day with splenda®
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in many high schools, voting for senior superllatives is a time honored tradition, but may be less of an honor for those voted most likely to succeed. some psychologists and school administrators assume the title comes with too much pressure on students who earn it. graduation, prom, yearbooks and those senior superlatives. all part of long-standing high school traditions. wait, scratch that.
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>> i took over approximately six years ago when the previous adviser retired and at that time they did not have the most likely to succeed. >> reporter: paul d. scheiber high school in port washington, new york, is just one of many high schools around the country that have taken titles like most likely to succeed out of the high school yearbooks for good. >> a lot of students actually put more and more pressure on themselves. >> reporter: a recent poll discovered that nearly one-third of those named most likely to succeed regard it as a curse and not a blessing after high school. >> it becomes almost a stressor. an albatross around their neck where they never feel they are good enough or they have to continually fight to live up to that title. >> reporter: justin burg admits he did feel some pressure after getting the title. >> it affected me in a way. i knew i wanted to be succe successful. >> reporter: meanwhile, john timer who was voted most likely
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to succeed back in class of '85 said he didn't put too much stock in the honor. >> don't think it was taken seriously. >> reporter: what do you remember about that high school picture? >> i thought it was very funny. they had us hold wads of cash as a symbol of success. >> reporter: he went on to an ivy league education and even got his ph.d. but he's wondered how his classmates would quantify success. >> by the standards of the yearbook photo, success was measured in money and as a graduate student you earn nothing. $13,000 a year for teaching and research. >> reporter: tell me what you are doing today. >> i am an eder it ter of a new website. >> reporter: are you making wads and wads and wads of cash sph. >> no. >> reporter: do you still consider yourself successful? >> i am. >> reporter: what defines
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success? >> i think different people will define success different ways and it's up to each individual to set standards for what they want to achieve. >> reporter: do you know what i was voted senior year? >> i have no idea. >> reporter: class clown. >> how has that worked out for you? >> reporter: so awesome. >> have you felt pressure? >> reporter: i feel the pressure every day. so, i can understand how in deep in the back of the cortex there is a little part of you that is thinking, i hope i am successful. i was voted most likely to succeed. >> possible. i can't rule it out. if it is, it stays quiet. >> you don't think there's pressure on me right now, every day to come in here and be a class clown. >> say something funny. >> the pressure i live with every day. i was class clown. you, nothing? nothing at all? >> nothing. >> i mentioned that earlier. just had to say it, again.
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let's go back to washington. david gregory standing by to tell us what is coming up on "meet the press." david, good morning. >> lester, good morning. the showdown in washington over taxes and spending. this morning a view from outside the beltway from new jersey governor chris christie and jim webb and jack reid join us. it's all coming up this morning on "meet the press." that will do it for us on this sunday morning. thomas roberts, thank you so much. our continuing coverage of the casey anthony trial. i'll see you back here later tonight for nbc "nightly news." until then, so long.
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enjoy the rest of your sunday, everybody. celebration turns to panic as shots ring on it in the middle of a crowded street festival. four people shot, one person was killed. many questions about what happened still remain unanswered. good morning. welcome to news 4 for sunday, june 26th, 2011. i'm eun yang for aaron gilchrist and kimberly suiters. meteorologist chuck bell is here to tell us about this nice sunday. >> more sunshine than yesterday. as long as it didn't rain. >> clouds kept

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